While performing at an ALS muscle disease benefit concert in Utrecht last night, Anouk was asked by fans to sing her Eurovision song “Birds”. She eventually caved in and sang this a capella snippet – flawlessly.
So, as previously suggested, it is a ballad. The lyrics are beautiful and haunting. They seem to be inspired by the numerous incidents in 2011 of dead birds falling from the sky, although we bet there is a deeper metaphor at play here:
Birds falling down the rooftops
Out of the sky like raindrops
That’s why birds don’t fly
Eurovision fans have reacted positively so far, with most predicting that the song will carry the Netherlands to the Eurovision Final, putting an end to the nation’s eight-year curse (admittedly self-made). But will it also win the whole thing and bring the song contest to Amsterdam? We wish, but it remains to be seen!
“Birds” will be released in its entirety by Dutch broadcaster TROS on 11 March.
What do you think? Could it be the “killer song” she threatened us with last September? And is producer Tore Johannson right, does it sound “too good for Eurovision”? And is it just us, or does she sound like Adele in this snippet?